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How the Finnish survive without small talk
2018-10-19T11:07:52.8238107Z - Laura Studarus / Hacker News
The Finnish don’t believe in talking bullshitSmall talk outside social situations between close friends is virtually non-existent. As Tiina Latvala, a former English instructor in Sodankylä, Lapland, explained, part of her job was to introduce her young students to the concept of small talk. There are more hypotheses than answers for why Finnish culture has a veil of silence permanently stitched in place. The Finns, she says, don’t see their quietness or lack of small talk as a negative. Comics use the Finn’s lack of small talk as part of their routine.

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